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Honey and Billy's first attempt at getting married in June ends in disaster when Honey is admitted to hospital, due to food poisoning. They try again in July, but due to a series of unfortunate events — starting with a prank performed on Billy's stag night — the groom doesn't get to the ceremony on time. Honey is heavily pregnant and goes into labour, during the ceremony. As Billy leans in for a kiss after they are pronounced husband and wife, Honey reveals that her waters have broken. Honey gives birth to a girl, Janet named after Honey's mother , but her happiness is short-lived when she discovers that Janet has Down's syndrome.

Devastated, Honey rejects her baby, changing her name to Petal, as she does not have the "perfect" Janet she had wanted. Honey and Billy go to a support group for parents of children with Down's syndrome, but this depresses Honey further. She breaks down and destroys Petal's nursery, admitting to Billy that she wants to put Petal up for adoption. Billy is against this and their relationship suffers as a result. Honey tries, but cannot accept her baby and at her lowest ebb, considers smothering Petal with a pillow , but cannot do it.

Petal is fostered by Tony Enzo Squillino, Jr. Billy arranges for Petal to be baptised in case she does not survive, and after reading a heartfelt letter from Billy to Petal, Honey decides to keep her daughter after all. She attends the baptism and informs the vicar that the baby's name is Janet. Janet's operation is a success, and Honey begins to bond with her. In March , Honey discovers she is pregnant again. Billy is apprehensive, fearing that they might love the new baby more than Janet, but Honey soon reassures him and they look forward to the arrival of the second baby.

However, in November , Honey is knocked down whilst trying to stop Jase Dyer Stephen Lord being attacked, sending her into labour. She is rushed to hospital where she gives birth to a boy, who initially appears stillborn , but is resuscitated, and is named William after his father. The Mitchells are happy until December , when their landlady, Manju Patel Leena Dhingra , threatens to evict them. Billy is unable to raise their rent money and despite attempts to barricade themselves in the flat, Mrs. Patel evicts them, leaving the entire family homeless before Christmas.

They are forced to rely on relatives and friends for accommodation, before being rehoused at Walford Towers. Money becomes an issue for the Mitchells again in August Desperate, Billy takes a job as a getaway driver for Jase, who is in league with Terry Bates Nicholas Ball , the man responsible for the pub riot that caused Honey an injury the year before. The job is a ruse, set up by Terry as revenge on Jase; Jase is stabbed and killed.

Honey is devastated to learn that Billy was indirectly involved in the incident that led to Jase's death, particularly when she discovers that instead of trying to rescue Jase, Billy hid in the bathroom in fear. She is further incensed to discover that Billy has kept Jase's "blood money". She throws Billy out, only agreeing to take him back when Billy donates the money to charity. Honey tells Billy she will take him back if he promises never to lie again.

Billy does so, but when Honey discovers that Billy still has some of Jase's money, she decides that she can no longer trust him. She ends her marriage and leaves Walford with their children on 2 September Honey tells Billy that she will never stop him seeing the kids because she does not want to see them suffer because of their father's mistakes.

In September , it is revealed that Honey and the children are now living with Honey's father, Jack. In May , it is mentioned that Honey and Jack have been involved in a car crash, and Billy is given temporary custody of Janet and William. Jack dies and Honey is left in a critical condition.

It is then revealed that Honey has recovered, and has resumed custody of Janet and William. Honey brings the children to visit Billy and asks to meet up with him. Billy assumes it is a date and confesses his love, however Honey reveals that she wants to move to Canada for a year and take the children. Billy vows to stop her, he destroys Janet's passport and abducts her and William, but Phil convinces him to return.

Honey agrees to let Janet stay with him while she takes William. She returns again to visit Billy the next year, and goes back to his flat to see Janet, but discovers Billy has stolen items in his flat which he had moved for his cousin Ronnie Mitchell Samantha Womack. He convinces her that he has changed, and after she listens to a voicemail message he has left for her, they have sex. Honey discovers that William's modelling contract has not been renewed and decides to move back to Walford. She then opens up to Les Coker Roger Sloman , about not wanting to move too quickly in her relationship with Billy.

Honey asks Billy to speak to Ronnie about loaning them some money so she can move into a flat nearby with Janet and William. After Billy reveals why he needs money from her, Ronnie suggests Honey and the children move in with her and her son, Matthew Mitchell Cotton , so that she is no longer alone.

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Honey agrees to this and they move in the following day. Honey and Billy soon get engaged again. Honey is horrified to learn that Jay Brown Jamie Borthwick , who lives with her and Billy, has been dealing drugs and that Billy knew this, evicting them both. She later forgives Billy and agrees to help Jay. Honey and Billy catch Jay stealing their wedding fund, so Honey reports Jay to the police and he decides to move out so that Janet and William will not go into care. Billy and Honey move into the flat above the funeral parlour where Billy works, and he is made a partner in the business.

Honey is devastated when Janet is hit by a car and after arguing with Billy, he has sex with Tina Carter Luisa Bradshaw-White , who was driving the car. Billy is sacked for illegally exhuming a grave, and Honey sees Billy and Tina hugging after she supports him. Honey assumes they are having an affair so Billy admits to a one-night stand. Billy and Honey split over it, leaving Billy homeless. Tina's plan for Billy to get Honey drunk, so they might get back together, backfires when she flirts with Jack instead, and when Honey nearly kisses Jack, he in turn is attacked by Billy, who then tells Honey that their relationship is special and he wants to get back together, but she vomits because of the alcohol.

All attempts to reconcile fail, because she cannot forgive him for cheating on her. Honey struggles to pay her rent, so she, Janet and William move in to a house share with Billy. Billy cooks Honey a special dinner hoping it will start a reunion, but she cracks a tooth on an olive stone. Billy is jealous and gives the children sweets because it is bad for their teeth, but it just leads to William vomiting on Honey. Billy later deletes messages from Adam on Honey's phone but she then changes her PIN, saying she will not let Billy spoil her time with Adam, and their relationship continues.

A spokesperson for EastEnders said: "Emma's a lovely actress, but we've just come to the end of her storyline. Honey will go this summer. A relationship between Honey and Billy quickly developed in late and, within two months, an upcoming baby had been written into the characters' narratives, with Honey announcing she was pregnant in January EastEnders' producers began to work on the DS plot in February Real parents with Down's syndrome children were approached to act as consultants in the making of the storyline, meeting with writers and the actors who play Billy and Honey.


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According to the DSA in , DS people are under-represented on mainstream television and EastEnders helped to redress that imbalance. For the first two weeks after Janet's diagnosis, the DSA provided a helpline for worried parents or anyone wanting advice about DS. EastEnders also provided a link to the DSA website from theirs, to ensure that people looking for information could find the association. The storyline was developed with characterisation in mind. Some characters, such as Peggy Mitchell , were shown to respond negatively towards the DS baby, views that were included so that the positive aspects could be voiced by the "more enlightened characters".

Care was taken to ensure that viewers empathised with Billy and Honey, to portray their journey in a "realistic way". EastEnders pledged to make every effort to portray "a positive image of a family who have a baby with the condition. The episodes received criticism for inaccuracy. This is sent out to the much-larger voting committee, a somewhat amorphous group of journalists and industry weasels along with all of the previous hall of fame inductees up to that point.

More on the implication of that later. This group gets a ballot in the mail, complete with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to put his or her five proposed inductees. These are sent back to the hall. Peresman says the foundation will call voters who filled their ballots out incorrectly, and make some calls to bring in late ballots, too. A lot of the data on the hall in this article I have taken from him, either from the site or a recent phone chat we had. Inventing progressive rock was a dumb idea, but it was their dumb idea.

A rock-and-roll seeker dogged by mental demons — and a goofy avatar of rock authenticity. Long may he run. Another of the disparate folks who invented rock and roll in different ways, with different styles, and in different places; Domino, in partnership with songwriter and producer Dave Bartholomew, created a magnanimous, inoffensive, and hugely enjoyable form of rolling, expansive pop; deeply ethnic, but so open-hearted as to include the world in its infectiousness and enthusiasm.

They were pretentious and quite often unlistenable. A group of instrumental misfits, all but one from Canada, who came together as the Hawks under Ronnie Hawkins and then were propelled to an unexpected fame due to the songwriting beauty of Robbie Robertson and then a stint as the backing band for one … [shuffles papers] B. A lovely voice, a striking songwriter, and an indelible influence on pop, rock, and soul. Roxy was one of the most challenging bands of its time, mixing glam, art rock, and some species of European chanteuserie courtesy of leader Bryan Ferry layered with postmodern rock imagery, a decayed, regretful sexuality, and venturesome soundscapes courtesy of founding member Brian Eno.

Roxy is on a pedestal with Bowie in the U.


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Publicist Bob Merlis, who was on the nominating committee for many years, argued for Johnny Hallyday, a rock star whose popularity in France has really no equivalent in the Western world. The Stooges are Ur—almost everything noisy and confrontational that came after them, dumb metal to punk. They produced album after album of highly melodic, rhythmically serious, lyrically mystifying Smart Songs for all the best rock girls and boys.

I was one. There are groovy songs on most if not all of the rest of his solo albums, but it must be said they are generally erratic. His distinctive singing style rarely fell into the mannered; he was reservedly carnal, cautiously joyous. Seventies pop radio would have been much less textured without him. Now, while the hall of fame proceeded apace in New York, bigger pans were being hatched, for an actual physical rock and roll museum.

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  6. Exhibit space was eventually placed underground. A gracious albeit haunted presence to the end. The hall should consider inducting Richard Pryor on the same grounds — but not Steve Martin, for chrissakes. A graceful, elegant presence over decades. Reinvented soul, and came close to reinventing country, too. Fun fact: The band had only one top-ten hit in the U. Jersey guy, nice wife. He met her at work. More than any other great star, he is a recombinant concoction of his forebears: Van Morrison, Dion, Presley, Spector, just about everything else he listened to growing up. It is a tribute to his vision, work ethic, and perfectionism that he looks good in their presence.

    Bands should be given more credit for quitting early, and keeping their percentage of top-quality work high. In theory, this could encourage great artists to considering retiring from recording rather than foisting mediocre and labored work on their fans late into their career. It would also save Rolling Stone critics from having to figure out ways to tell us how artists like Springsteen are back in top rock-and-roll form and have, amazingly, released yet another five-star album. Note that Springsteen was inducted without the E Street Band.

    His manager, Jon Landau, is a major figure at the hall, and of course Springsteen himself has lent his name to it for years. And now he writes songs for Pixar movies. The debate about Radiohead is whether they are a transformative, pantheonic band worthy of immediate entry to the hall, or just a really great one. I think they are at least as great as, say, R. And they may go down in history as the last great rock band.

    She is also one of our most precise and meaningful vocalists, from that pure emotional vibrato to those dark whispers. Along with Jonathan Richman, they showed early on that punk was a thing not a sound; austere and questioning at first, then with a darkened postmodern paranoia, and then on to an ecstatic, highly mental funk. They merged New York hipster intellectualism to Southern California anomie, and first flecked it with and then immersed it all into a persuasive jazz sheen. The band engaged in some high-level trolling of the hall of fame for a year before their induction, posting various demands on their website and mocking the hall in various ways.

    Their presence is so large now, we forget they were kids from one of the most fucked-up cities in the Western world who liked the Ramones. Not a bad rhythm section, and you have to give the Edge credit for expanding the sound of rock guitar, always at the service of riffs riffs riffs. Yes, I am aware the lead singer has become annoying. He was convicted of manslaughter and died in prison at the age of His mids stardom was phenomenal, and he spurred it on with various tactics, some clever, some Trumpian, and of course many self-destructive. In other words, he was a big known star who suddenly got very big.

    Elvis and the Beatles by contrast offered confrontational, controversial music — music of the world to come, not the world they were in. That said, as a pop artist Jackson was certainly innovative, and set new standards. And as a Presley-like pop archetype of failed potential, very rock and roll. The two boards really, really hated each other. John unquestionably is a pop-rocker not a rocker. He was flamboyant, but he was also someone you could take home to mother.

    He fairly bravely came out in the mids. His melodrama never goes overboard and his pop instincts were always natural and flowing. Diana Ross has now been a star for nearly 60 years, floating on a magical projected personality and a dulcet voice. I know the other Supremes had spectacular voices as well, but the rules are different for a superstar, which is what Ross is. The trio with a lot of help from Berry Gordy, the stable of songwriters and the Motown production teams radiated a sophistication and a glamour that never clashed with the urgent emotions and happy stories they sang out.

    Very early exemplars of the potent emotional beauty the music was capable of conveying, spurred by the cosmic fraternal mix of their voices. Among other things, the perfect showcase for the songs of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Smith is an interesting figure, a bit too hippieish and too accepting of shamanism and religiosity for my taste. But albums one and three — Horses, Easter — were sprawling and daring, more daring than anything else at the time. She also reinjected Van Morrisonian levels of exaltation and ecstasy to the music, which then lived on in the work of R.

    Meanwhile, back at the hall: I asked Conforth for an example of how the Cleveland—New York division manifested itself. He said that one day shortly after he started work he was abruptly summoned to meet with Wenner, so he dutifully boarded a plane to New York. I was allowed to enter the inner sanctum. There is something irresistible about Eddie Cochran. Presley always seemed a bit Olympian; Cochran was rough and ready, but never distant. But this is another tragic rock story: Cochran was killed at 21 in a car crash while on tour in the U. With lots of help from producer Rick Rubin, they made their mark with extreme brattiness married to highly artful and meaningful samples.

    Smart enough, too, to formally distance themselves from early anti-women behavior. A viscerally exciting performer with a mighty voice and a magnanimous and supple mind. She was the first female rock star; among nonblack artists, you could argue that she had been the most persecuted, and endured the most humiliations for her art, having grown up creative, gay, and odd in Texas. I have to bow to the blues experts on this.

    He is a lovable character and a friendly, articulate guitarist; he is considered by all to be a, if not the , quintessential bluesman but to me lacks something. She fought hard to emerge from a Eurodisco ghetto and became, for a time, a glamorous pop-disco superstar whose thick and luscious gatefold albums penetrated deep into the consciousness of suburban America, culminating in Bad Girls , a rock-disco triumph of no little power.

    Some people like them, of course. With the Airplane, the Dead defined the San Francisco psychedelic sound, such as it was, and over time came to embody a chaotic independence, in their latter days providing a comfy hippie vibe for stadia of slumming yuppies. Note that he lineup of the band inducted into the hall includes several highly inessential members, ranging from the dubious Constanten, Mydland to the risible Welnick, formerly of [ checks notes ] the Tubes.

    Garcia was supposedly on his way but never made it to the ceremony. I asked Wenner who decides such things. Turner had an unmistakable and infectious voice and used it, irresistibly, to turn blithe not-quite-blues, not-quite-rock songs into highly enjoyable romps. More about this under Ruth Brown, below. This makes no sense. Deservedly, the first of the girl groups to be inducted. I find McCartney refreshingly one-dimensional and dependable, save for this one thing: He is both industrious and lazy. There are great songs strewn throughout his albums from this period, and slighter, highly enjoyable ones, too, but way too many throwaways.

    He still likes you. In their own way, subtle. Then they became MTV stars. And the youngest had a lot of potential. Later recorded as the Jacksons. Is the hall of fame voting process rigged? And no one had any idea how the votes from the voters at large were tabulated. The story about Wenner clinging to a penultimate vote count to sneak Grandmaster Flash into the hall in front of the Dave Clark Five surprised me in this way: Having read Sticky Fingers I had no expectations at all that any sort of count was kept in the first place.

    For the record, Peresman says that, today, ballots come in and are tabulated each day, and that Wenner has nothing to do with the counting. This manic white-blues outfit, with the Stones, were the commercial face of the move from white-bluesmen wannabes to rock stars. They have lots better work than that. One of the difficulties the hall has grappled with is how it should take into account popularity; Madonna was, after all, one of the very biggest pop stars of all time.

    There is an argument for excellence that gets overlooked in all sorts of artistic endeavors, so let me make it clear: Being popular gets you a lot of things. Fuck off! The Moody Blues are a great example. They pioneered a sort of orchestrated, lush, and it must be said ambitious rock but have never quite been taken seriously. What to do? The hall has been schizophrenic.

    Tamarkin recalls he was asked if he was an enthusiastic supporter of the band. The meeting moved on. The Moonglows got in, eventually, in ; the Moodys in In fairness, the long delay in inducting some of these bands, like the Moodies and Chicago, to some extent points to their second-tier status. Still, I think the hall should push back on this point, and insist on the primacy of artistic value, but it will be difficult after the induction of bands like ABBA.

    As for Tamarkin, he said his stay on the nominating committee came to an end after he published an editorial in Billboard criticizing the hall. Unlike a lot of people on this list, he was a true star. Definitely a tragic figure shot to death in , a sometimes-principled lyricist, and fluid, not-too-show-offy rapper who tried to expand the music even as he kept one foot in its least estimable parts. I wish this smart man had been smart enough not to run with Suge Knight. Could he have become the man his biggest fans say he could have been? Again, back to Cleveland. Conforth, the curator, is a highly entertaining interview.

    He turned out not to be a good fit for the hall. One mistake he made, he allows, is requesting to work in Cleveland, which he thought made sense at the time but led to many of his decisions being overruled from New York. Even two decades later he remains amused at his tenure. Their Latino-psychedelic fusion was distinctive. All of their early albums are worth hearing today; they are immensely varied and persuasive without being chaotic or unfocused. No argument here. These guys are molten, as good as soul got in the s. The epitome of southern rock, with an unexpected rolling jazz undertow.

    And probably the only rock band that should have two drummers. Is Seger different? He plays to this day in the same T-shirt and jeans he always did. All respect. Nelson was part of the first two years of inductions into the hall, which I find bizarre. To be fair, he was a very big star in his heyday.

    It was, ironically enough, a somewhat petulant response to fans uninterested in his new sounds. The life of a teen idol is a real bitch. He died in a plane crash, which might have had the original hall of fame nominators in a nostalgic mood. How versatile? Like ZZ Top, possessors of a signature guitar sound that goes beyond the primal.

    They pursued a unique sound at a time when no one could have been expected to like it, and kept fucking doing it. The real problem is with the nominating committee. Over the years, it has tended to grow large and then go through a sudden purge; those purged speak darkly about the removal of older people from the group. This happened in and again in Besides that, the committee is heavily New York centric. The critics on the committee lean heavily to the Rolling Stone crowd, a group whose critical discrimination atrophied years ago, and in any case over the years have, of course, learned to be highly aware of the wants of their boss.

    These were New Wave poseurs hiding a conventional bent, but it turned out they had an even more unconventional one: a spare, skittery, reggae sensibility. Leader Sting has since become a real menace. An austere artist, to be sure. And his albums from the classic period up to Rhythm of the Saints sound sensational without being overproduced. Checker once took out a full-page ad in Billboard , complaining about his lack of recognition by the hall, and also the Nobel Prize committee.

    Like James Taylor, Browne never apologized for his straightforward, confessional songwriting. He then marshaled up his art for two very strong song cycles, The Pretender and Running on Empty. After which things went quickly to hell. Heavy soul hitter in the s — a lot of his songs display writing, singing, and production chops of the first order.

    They were getting better, too — until Van Zandt and guitarist Steve Gaines perished in a plane crash. Preternaturally proficient folkies — they were together as teens with a released single and a record contract. A gigantic talent, in both senses of the word. King made everything he played looks easy, and was a staple at the innovative cross-genre shows at the heyday of the Fillmore. Besides that, she has a story — marshaling the talent to break out of the rut of her early albums and, more importantly, away from her benighted family and finding the collaborators she needed in Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

    She ultimately made a few years of the era her own, against some significant competition, including Prince, Springsteen, Madonna, and — who am I forgetting? Power rock from the American heartland — probably the most effective power trio since the Who. Leader and songwriter Nielsen does crazy things on the guitar and makes it all look easy.

    Absolutely killer live, to this day. Zappa did a lot of things no one really cared about. An early electric blues guitarist and top-flight melodist and innovator much favored by the likes of Keith Richards and other white bluesheads in the s. They backed everyone from Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett and had a couple hits on their own, led by the pulsing organ of Jones. Motown session bassist James Jamerson was inducted in the subcategory that year. Of all the instrumentalists in rock, he gets an award?

    A Canadian folk poet whose stature has grown immensely over the years. His early stentorian songs all of his songs are stentorian, actually can sometimes cut to the bone, and even at their most flighty capture a mood. His latter-day concerts were wild, mysterious affairs. She had a sound and a voice and was probably the sassiest of the early female rockers. Labels either claimed they were still recouping production costs or were just keeping the money.

    The fan turned out to be a canny lawyer. A weird group on paper. A kid from a military family who wanted to be in the Monkees, a clown from the Byrds, and an effete English guy. Their performance at Woodstock, remember, was their second live appearance. Light, sure, but a huge percentage of their early work sounds great, and still gets played on the radio. And Stills is not a bad guitarist.

    Hard to argue with a star in an evanescent business still standing plus years later. Accident or not, it makes his stature plain after 40 years of reliable, ever-more-inessential rock. Gladys Knight has a voice of enormous warmth and emotion; her career stretches back to the early s, finally resolving satisfactorily in a strong of massive pop hits in the s, giving her icon status in the years since.

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    Classic Chicago blues from the purest blues voice on Chess Records. Rock and roll could also encompass the songs of an East Bay kid who pretended he was from down on the bayou. John Fogerty took elemental chords and a ringing guitar and fashioned something that at least sounded backwoodsy, and occasionally wrote something profound. And he had a voice. They kept at it and the world came to them and they ended up global superstars. In their favor: They were around British punk when it was created, and quickly emerged as among the first post-punk bands.

    And at a time when a lot of traditional rock bands were still putting on old-school shows, Cure concerts were sonic and visual extravaganzas. A visionary singer possessed of dulcet voice and a sparkling persona. He eventually became the heart of the Impressions, who were inducted eight years earlier. The Impressions! Curtis Mayfield! A really interesting band. They were deep soul, definitely, but with rockist pretentions — and yet they produced several of the blithest pop singles of the era, songs that still crackle when they come on the radio today.

    In their lives and art they embody the promise of the music as much as anyone on this list. An early guitar experimentalist, artisan of a primal guitar sound, note by individual note. He came in and delivered a stirring plea, which the nominating committee duly acquiesced to. They were New Wave from New York, which is to say, plainspoken and more than a bit arch, with a pretty formidable lead presence in Harry.

    Lots of good songs, too. As they matured they melded New Wave with disco with the help of a British pop super-producer and the genial side of hip-hop and even reggae, all of that resulting in some big pop fun. Docked ten notches because Harry and Stein, irritated by litigation from older members of the band, kept them from playing at the ceremony, causing Infante to deliver an outburst from the podium. But Bill the Grumpy Critic notes that again this is a second-tier person with an amen corner among the Boomers on the nominating committee while more important and influential bands are ignored.

    The cacophony still somehow made sense. Some of the time, anyway. Baker was a highly committed drummer. The result was some stalwart classic-rock hits. He is rarely not worth listening to. On the other hand, his words are seldom profound and the band is often boring. How many artists on this list can you say that about? Knopfler and his brother David were nowhere to be seen. I could hear Wenner audibly shrug when I asked him about it. Which has happened before.

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    Haley looked like a dork, with a spit curl pasted over his something moonface. But Taylor is not slight. He grew up fairly privileged but dealt with things institutionalization and heroin addiction, for starters that no teenager should have to. This gave his early art a slightly darkened cast, and lingering credibility as he grew older and ever more lighter. Still writes a good song every once in a while. A progressive-rock group flecked with jazz, boasting the immense talents of Winwood, and Mason, too.

    Why is, say, Jeff Beck in the hall but not him? His solos back then seemed fiery, almost unbridled; when he began to grow inward, moments of roiling beauty became his calling card. He is in the hall three times for the Yardbirds, Cream, and as a solo artist , which seems excessive. If I had to make the argument against one of them, it would be this one.

    And too many of even their nice-sounding songs seem to turn on evil women. But look at the Eagles for what they were — a rock corporation — and you see that Henley and Frey were highly competent co-CEOs. They kept product in the pipeline, maintained quality, invested where they needed to like bringing Joe Walsh onboard. In a way, they deserve a J. Power Award or something rather than a hall of fame induction.

    But they of course turned into a serious operation with a fine live attack and a fearless if overserious lead singer. In time the group got its act together and produced some good songs amid the self-importance. Lead singer Stubbs had a titanic voice. Slightly indistinct but, as I said, hardy. Ann Wilson has quite a voice.

    They barely put out listenable albums. But they were there when the counterculture created itself and at the center of one of the most vibrant and influential scenes of the day, and provided, for good and ill, an appropriate soundtrack for the time, which the band saw up close and personal. Slick refused to come to the ceremony. A ferocious act at the time, with big-voiced Eric Burdon bellowing anthems of independence. The World Is a Ghetto was the best-selling album of Why are the nimrods of Journey in the hall and not those guys?

    A lot of bright hits, a groovy sound, much favored by folks like Steve Van Zandt. I think they have no depth. Then a guy from the Buggles joined. Barry Gibb was a fairly big star in the s, one of the biggest of the s, and a successful songwriter and occasional hitmaker for a decade or two after. We all love Joanie. She was the first folk superstar and had some nice hits.

    Still, we all love Joanie. A big, expansive blues-rock presence; more hits than you would expect. The argument for them is that they were responsible for the devolved! She was an able song interpreter on some obvious covers and once in a while did something unexpected. A sturdy Motown act, which is saying something. They are fine, but also but another example of how the hall makes deep, deep dives into some genres at the expense of others.

    Simone was a distinctive talent who dealt with difficulties her entire life, some of them brought on by herself. Vincent was injured in the same car crash that killed Eddie Cochran in The rest of his career ranged from the uneven to the sad, and he died at Now, that said, one conversation I had puts some of the philosophical constructs the hall is facing into perspective. I enjoyed talking to Jim Bessman, a longtime writer for Billboard and Variety , former member of the nominating committee, and current voting committee member.

    I asked him whom he had voted for that year. That to me is as rock and roll as you get. My point: Gore is arguable, but all I see in his list are five footnotes to the history of rock and roll, not hall of fame inductees. It reminded me that every critic of the hall has his or her own slate of artists, and that Bessman probably would think my list of oversights is a mess as well.

    In time I felt they had a point. They were speaking after experiencing years, even decades, of an endless stream of people keening at them about the perceived oversights of the hall. Here are my top three must-avoids, in ascending order of horror. Geils Band.

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    I was surprised to read that he had actually made the short list several times. One final thing. Once in a while, an artist disses the hall publicly. Radiohead had been particularly unsparing, and one past nominating committee member I spoke to said that he had heard secondhand that this had tamped a movement for them on the nominating committee. Does sniping at the hall affect nominations? I asked Wenner. Dion and the Belmonts had a lot of hits, and DiMucci himself has a winning personality. Some of his stuff is schmaltzy and a lot of it is somewhat deracinated covers of better black renditions.

    A sui generis blues boogie stomper, often slowed down to barbiturate levels.

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    I like Hooker, but why is his oddball shtick lauded while those of so many others ignored? The greatest purveyor of space pop-soul; every place it could go in the s EWF went, led by White. These guys were phenomenally successful for a few years, but the hits fell off pretty quick after the Beatles showed up. Like the Dave Clark Five, the result is enjoyable stompy pop, nothing more. A great American story! But then Geffen, which saw a valuable brand lying moribund, cleaned them up and, most importantly, hooked them up with outside songwriters.

    With Desmond Child and Diane Warren!